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October 5, 2000

ATLANTA (AP) _ Benjamin Orr, the bass player of the popular 1980s group The Cars, died Tuesday of pancreatic cancer. He was 53.

Orr, born Benjamin Orzechowski in Cleveland, formed The Cars in Boston in 1976 with fellow Ohio native Ric Ocasek.

Orr sang lead vocals on several of the band’s hits, including ``Drive″ and ``Just What I Needed.″ After the band dissolved in 1986, Orr recorded a solo album, ``The Lace,″ which produced the hit, ``Stay the Night.″

Recently, Orr had toured with the band Orr, as well as The Voices of Classic Rock and Atlanta-based group Big People. Orr remained active with the band and performed three shows last month in Alaska.

Orr recently reunited with his former Cars mates for a documentary titled, ``The Cars Live.″ Rhino Home Video plans to release the production in November with part of the proceeds going to the National Pancreas Foundation.

Halbert O. Woodward

BROWNWOOD, Texas (AP) _ U.S. District Judge Halbert O. Woodward, who presided over the Northern District of Texas, died Monday following a long illness. He was 82.

Woodward was appointed by President Lyndon B. Johnson on June 7, 1968. He presided over the Lubbock, Abilene, San Angelo and Amarillo divisions and also presided over cases in the Fort Worth and Dallas divisions.

Woodward was given the Texas Bar Foundation Outstanding Jurist Award in 1989, and in 1988, the Sheriff’s Association of Texas recognized him for Outstanding Support of Good Law Enforcement.

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